Cousteau: Amazon - The New Eldorado, Invaders & Exiles (1991)

Genres - Culture & Society, Nature  |   Sub-Genres - Environmental Science, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |  
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Jean-Michel Cousteau, oldest son of the famous undersea explorer and ocean-champion Jacques Cousteau and inheritor of his philosophy, is the lead explorer in this chapter of the Cousteau series. The documentary examines the plight of the Indians of the Amazon, how their lives have changed and how their culture has suffered under the onslaught of modern culture. Now they perform the once-sacred dances and rituals for tourist money and survival. The sobering documentary tells the story of how dreams of gold and fortune overwhelm the people and the environment, how the strangers take control and the indigenous peoples become exiles in their own land. Joseph Campanella narrates the video.

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Amazon, culture [social culture], ecology, Native-American, oceanography, plight, river